Secret Origins (1973-1974 1st Series) comic books
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Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Secret Origin of Superman," script by Jerry Siegel, pencils by Joe Shuster, inks by Joe Shuster; one page reprinted from Action Comics #1. "The Secret Origin of Batman," script by Bill Finger, art by Bob Kane; two pages reprinted from Detective Comics #33. "The Ghost," script by Bob Kanigher, art by Joe Kubert; A series of baffling robberies bring the Feathered Furies into direct confrontation with their newest adversary: the Ghost; Hawkman's first battle with The Ghost, reprinted from Flash Comics 88. One-page text feature about the creation of this title by E. Nelson Bridwell. "Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!," script by Bob Kanigher, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Kubert; By a freak accident involving lab chemicals and lightning, Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive and originates a costume based on the comic adventures of the Flash from the 1940's; he battles The Turtle Man; reprinted from Showcase #4. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Supergirl from Krypton!", script by Otto Binder, art by Al Plastino; Superman spies a crashing rocket and discovers his cousin Supergirl; She tells him how Argo City survived the destruction of Krypton and how her father sent her to Earth when the inhabitants of Argo City were threatened by Kryptonite poisoning; reprinted from Action Comics #252. "SOS Green Lantern!", script by John Broome, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Joe Giella; Hal Jordan is selected by the power ring of Abin Sur to become a Green Lantern; reprinted from Showcase #22. "Birth of the Atom!", script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Murphy Anderson; Scientist Palmer is experimenting with his reducer lens to try and reduce objects in size without blowing them up, all without success; However, when he, Jean and students are trapped in a cave-in, he decides to use the lens on himself and save the others before he is destroyed; He becomes a human atom; reprinted from Showcase #34. Two half-page text features about the origins of this issue's stars. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
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Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Origin of Wonder Woman," script by William Marston, art by Harry G. Peter; Upon her arrival in man's world, Wonder Woman drops an Amazon scroll that details the origin and early days of the Amazons, while later sources outline her birth, her youth, and her battle in the arena for the right to be Wonder Woman; reprinted from Wonder Woman #1. "This is the Story of Wildcat!", script by Bill Finger, art by Irwin Hasen; Boxer Ted Grant kills the former champ in the ring and is inspired by Green Lantern to adopt the identity of Wildcat to clear himself; reprinted from Sensation Comics #1. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
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Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Origin of the Vigilante," script by Mort Weisinger, art by Mort Meskin; At his execution, Killer Kelly tells Vigilante that he will come back from the grave, but he has really just bribed the prison doctor to lower the voltage; Greg Sanders, rodeo man, is met by Betty Stuart, a blues singer, after a rodeo, and he learns that Killer Kelly is loose; At his home, Greg dons the costume of the Vigilante and heads to the costume ball of Van Ardsley; reprinted from Action Comics #42. "The Origin of Kid Eternity," script by Otto Binder, art by Sheldon Moldoff; A boy and his grandfather are torpedoed in their boat by a Nazi sub and killed, but when the lad reaches the Pearly Gates, his name is not on the list to die; So Mr. Kepper, who was responsible, brings back the boy's spirit into his body, clapped his hands allowing a ray of light to strike the corpse, and the lad lived again, and was endowed by Mr. Keeper with great powers; By speaking the word "eternity", the boy could call upon any historical person who once lived to aid him in any given situation; reprinted from Hit Comics #25. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Origin of the Spectre, Part 1", script by Jerry Siegel, art by Bernard Baily; Jim Corrigan, hard-boiled detective, gets inside information on a job to be pulled by Gat Benson, and, while trying to stop the theft, is captured and murdered; However, a voice from heaven tells Corrigan that his battle against crime is not over, so he is restored to life with amazing powers, which he plans to use against Benson and save the life of Clarice; reprinted from More Fun Comics #52. "The Origin of the Spectre, Part 2," script by Jerry Siegel, art by Bernard Baily; After murdering Corrigan, Benson and his thugs decide to kill the witness, Clarice, but before they can do this, a wraith-like Corrigan appears before them to exact justice; reprinted from More Fun Comics #53. One-page text feature on the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes by Paul Levitz. Letter to the editor from comic writer Bob Rozakis. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
Cover by Nick Cardy. "The Origin of the Legion!," script by E. Nelson Bridwell, art by Pete Costanza; The origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes is told; Three youths with fantastic powers save billionaire R. J. Brande, who bankrolls them in an organization meant to emulate Superboy and Supergirl: the Legion of Super-Heroes; reprinted from Superboy #147. "The Origin of Blackhawk," script by Will Eisner and Bob Powell, art by Charles Cuidera; Warsaw, Poland 1939. The Nazis are massing to rout the Polish Air Force, the only obstacle to their victory over Poland, and are being led by the Nazi commander, Captain von Tepp; However, in his attack, the brother and sister of a lone survivor are killed, and this survivor, later to become The Blackhawk, vows to hunt down von Tepp and make him pay personally for their deaths; reprinted from Military Comics #1. One-page text feature on the origins of the Legion and Blackhawk. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.
Final issue of the series. Cover by Nick Cardy. "Robin the Boy Wonder," script by Bill Finger, pencils by Bob Kane, inks by Jerry Robinson; Dick Grayson watches his parents die and overhears the killers confessing the point, and he decides to tip off the Police; However, the Batman intervenes to save the boy's life, and trains him to become his partner, Robin the Boy Wonder; reprinted from Detective Comics #38. "The Submarine Strikes," script by Mort Weisinger, art by Paul Norris; An unnamed scientist and explorer uses the science of ancient Atlantis to give his son the power to breathe underwater; reprinted from More Fun Comics #73. Short article on the origins of Robin and Aquaman by E. Nelson Bridwell. 36 pgs., full color. $0.20. Cover price $0.20.